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Seminar ImageInteractive Writing: Fountas & Pinnell Classroom


Developed by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas
Based on their PD resource, Interactive Writing: How Language & Literacy Come Together, K-2
Recommended Grade Level: Grades PreK-2

Interactive writing supports young writers as they learn how to communicate through writing. During interactive writing, the teacher cocreates a text with the students. The teacher shares the pen with the students as students contribute to the text. Interactive writing is a highly engaging activity for students and gives them ownership of the text they are writing. Interactive writing is a powerful activity that can be used across all curriculum contexts throughout the school day.

Seminar Goals

Participants will:

  • Explore the key features of an interactive writing lesson.
  • Explore how to engage students in interactive writing lessons.
  • Explore how the reading and writing process is strengthened through interactive writing.
  • Explore how to collect student data to inform instruction and teacher decision making.
  • Explore how to use The Literacy Continuum to select goals for teaching.
  • Observe video lessons and try some interactive lessons with students.

Resources Needed

  • The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition: A Tool for Assessment, Planning, and Teaching, PreK-8
  • Interactive Writing: How Language and Literacy Come Together, K-2

Time Requirement

Three sessions: each session two hours, for a total of six hours.

For seminar pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.


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